Barbara Bush has no intention to be a factor in the 2016 presidential election despite a race which may include her son, former Florida governor, Jeb Bush.
The former first lady, who celebrated her 90th birthday on Monday, told NBC’s Jenna Bush Hager, her granddaughter:
“I’ve promised that during this next campaign season, I will not talk,” Barbara Bush said Monday on NBC’s Today show, I won’t give any interviews. I’m going to stop voicing my opinion and sticking up for things I think are right—except my boy, I think he’s brilliant.”
Just when she thought she was out, they pulled her back in.
Barbara Bush’s willingness to re-enter the political fray signals both her openness to various possibilities and her readiness to take critical attitude to those who will presumably subject her son Jeb to the barbarous treatment he is expected to take in the 2016 election cycle.
Having witnessed the dramatic changes in the political landscape over her life, Mrs. Bush is a veteran campaigner and aware of her place in history. In political system which breeds division, conflict, cynicism and frequently includes divisive and unusually ruthless tactics including scathing personal attacks, all beneath her dignity, Mrs. Bush’s role will be welcome and she can hardly be considered a political liability.
At minimum, she may flinch at the heavy trials involved in campaigning for her son, but Mrs. Bush clutches a dauntless reputation and is not one to be underestimated. To date, she remains one of the most-admired women in America.